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agreement between israelis and palestinians would be significant but it's not clear to me that absent john kerry that would have been in that top tier of priorities. i think that was interesting. you raise another good point, just quickly, which is this idea it was, in fact, a group of six or seven people inside the west wing of the white house. although secretary kerry and secretary chuck hagel were briefed on a weekly basis by the national security adviser, it was what has become sort of a typical pattern of a very close hold foreign policy made out at this white house. >> this is not interagency. this is not the national security council. this is white house. >> it is. every administration seems to do more and more as sort of the guiding force here. this goes to the president is very much now in uber practicalism mode. he's not reaching. sometimes a second term you want to reach for unreachable, make the large effort. there has been, i've noticed this, this is about pragmatism. this isn't about legacy building. mark's story gets to they realized what they have to deal with. everything i
, mock debates, he and john kerry playing mitt romney. first session on saturday went okay. sunday night was a horrible experience. the president was like he was in the denver debate, lethargic, professorial, didn't seem like he was fighting for the job. at times peevish, nasty to governor kerry sitting in for mitt romney. they were panicked. that prep ended and you had a scene which we write about in double down, plouffe, axelrod, debate advisers staying up to well past midnight saying what do we do, what do we do? how can we turn this around? we can't do down this path. they did what they called an intervention with the president. four aides and the president alone meeting to try to find how to turn things around. in short in the scene the president said, as you said, i'm not sure i can do this. they did a couple of things, how he needed to change his state of mind about it. they gave him one-liners, debate on a page to try to just come up with anticipating the questions, coming up with one-liners to use in the debate, and the president resolved he was going to do it. they also gave hi
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